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Approval for Eastern and Southeastern Europe

Imports to the CIS, Serbia, and Croatia

Russia is increasingly aligning its technical regulations with international standards. Many products, however, are still certified according to state regulations. The same applies for the Ukraine and Belarus. We can help answer all of your questions on product approval in eastern and southeastern Europe. Although the EU member states in this region have synchronized their standards, Serbia and Croatia maintain individualized import regulations. Operating in cooperation with local certification agencies, we can provide you with the required country approvals.

Benefits at a Glance

With TÜV Rheinland product approval, you:

  • Benefit from speedy introduction to the market of your choice
  • Can gain a lead over the global competition
  • Are able to save money - thanks to our experience and expertise

Conformity Requirements in Russia

GOST R and Registered Certificates of Conformity

In Russia, special authorities, regulations, and approval systems exist for various aspects of trade - including product safety, hygiene, fire safety, operating permits for industrial plants, and much more. Our experts can help you obtain the necessary approvals. The GOST R certificate is the most widely recognized proof of conformity. If your product falls under this rule, you must obtain this certificate and submit it to Russian customs before your first delivery.

Medical Products

Specific requirements exist for medical devices in Russia. Active medical devices must show proof of compliance with Russian GOST safety standards. For further information on medical product approval in Russia, please consult our Web pages on medical products and technology.

Required Approval for the Ukraine

Products entering the Ukraine are tested according to UkrSEPRO guidelines - a system similar to the Russian GOST R certification process. The Ukrainian Ministry of Health requires a range of products, like food-processing technology, to undergo hygiene tests. Obtaining UkrSEPRO certification for electrical products is relatively simple - you only need a CB report and proof of TÜV Rheinland production approval. Some types of machinery and other products must be inspected by Ukrainian experts. In cases where no certification is required for your product, it is nonetheless advisable to register the product with a state authority, along with its customs documentation.


Belarus also presides over its own certification system for product safety. Products that fall under this rule must obtain the STB seal, indicating compliance with Belarusian regulations. This certification is issued by accredited Belarusian agencies, upon submission of your test report.


Serbian agencies inspect and certify electrical products that may cause radio frequency interference (RFI) - like household appliances, power tools, or information technology. Following an agreement with the Serbian Kvalitet inspection agency, TÜV Rheinland is authorized to issue test reports - which can be used to simplify the certification process in Serbia.


In Croatia, mains-powered and/or battery-powered products need to be tested for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) by a local accredited agency. The approval consists of a general certificate of conformity and further proof of conformity with EMC standards. This requires a test report from an accredited laboratory such as TÜV Rheinland. The report has to show compliance with European EN standards. The Croatian importer receives the acceptance of conformity (AoC), thereby simplifying market surveillance. A CB test report must be submitted to the Croatian authorities before approval is granted.